The Director of Resources submitted a report informing members of the schemes approved for inclusion in this committee’s 2021/22 capital programme, and requesting approval for one capital scheme to be brought forward from 2023/24 into the 2021/22 capital programme.
The capital programme for 2021/22 to 2024/25 was approved by Council on 2 March 2021. The overall capital programme for the four-year period totals £6,011,700 for all committees. For this committee it was £3,436,900 with £1,555,000 relating to the 2021/22 financial year for 5 approved schemes.
Members were reminded that the installation of a second parking deck on Chester Avenue scheme could only be progressed after a feasibility study had been undertaken by officers and approved by Policy & Finance committee.
There was a request to bring forward the capital scheme relating to the refurbishment of the Bowling Green Café in Castle Grounds currently included in the approved capital programme for 2023/24 into the capital programme for 2021/22 at a lower budget of £45,000. This was so that work could be undertaken promptly to return the café to a state where it can be let for a business to operate from and the area around the café be returned to a proper condition.
Councillor Berryman was given permission to speak on this item and raised the issue of the playground at Whalley woodland where the equipment had been removed for safety reasons, and asked that funding be made available for it be replaced as quickly as possible.
RESOLVED THAT COMMITTEE:
Approve the proposal to bring forward the Refurbishment of Bowling Green Café in Castle Grounds capital scheme from 2023/24 to 2021/22 at a lower budget of £45,000.
(Councillor Edge declared an interest in the next item of business and was put on hold)